Once we start to become comfortable with our cameras' controls, we can pay more attention to what we include in our pictures and how we arrange the elements. This process is known as composition. Colleague Eileen Rafferty gave a talk at B & H Photo in NYC on visual design which includes more ideas and suggestions about creating our photographs. You can watch the video at Visual Design of a Photograph.
In this image, I was drawn to the shadows created by the strong winter light shining on the items by my favorite chair. This picture illustrates how light, shape, texture and color---the elements of photographic design---combine for interesting pictures.
If you're interested in an introduction to composition and visual design, I still have space in my Photo Composition night class in Missoula, MT, that begins February 11. Visit The Lifelong Learning Center website to register.